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Grantee: Bertie County Schools, Windsor, NC
Project Name: TRACES in American History (Teaching with Relevant Academic Content and Engaging Strategies)
Project Director: Carol C. Atkins (252) 794-6018
Funding: $919,251
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 3
Number of Students Served: 1,900

TRACES brings together 3 school systems including 18 schools located in a rural, high-poverty area of North Carolina with St. Augustine's College, Organization of American Historians, National History Day, SERVE, Teachers' Curriculum Institute, National Center for History in the Schools, and a host of other local/state historical organizations to improve outcomes for American History studies. The comprehensive 120-hour professional development program including 2-week summer institutes, at least 5 workshops per school year, and followed up by in-class coaching aligns with benchmarks established by the American Historical Association. History experts provide teachers in grades 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, and 12—with an emphasis on grades 5, 8, and 11—with instruction in U.S. history content and pedagogy along with guiding activities designed to enhance classroom instruction. Content examines the American Colonial experience; contending goals of Nationalism and Sectionalism 1815-1650; Civil War and Reconstruction; economic; social and political trends of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and causes and effects of U.S. involvement in international affairs.

Grantee: Cleveland County Schools, Shelby, NC
Project Name: U.S. History Consortium
Project Director: Robert W. Brown (704) 482-5354
Funding: $886,441
Number of Teachers Served: 75
Number of School Districts Served: 2
Number of Students Served: 2,000

In conjunction with Lincoln County Schools, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Temple University, Gettysburg College, and George Washington University, Cleveland County Schools is providing a 5-step sustainable model of professional development for American history teachers in grades 10 and 11. Participants receive background assignments throughout the year and attend summer institutes focusing on: From the Revolution to New Republic (1756-1820); From Sectionalism to Reconstruction; and The Roaring Twenties through World War II. Other activities include historic site visits, content seminars, discussions, experiential learning, research led by scholars, and curriculum development centering on skills needed for student understanding such as higher order thinking skills, primary source document analysis, and multidisciplinary seminars. Preservice, initially licensed teachers and lateral entry teachers will attend workshops to increase content knowledge and methodological practices from the beginning of their careers.

Last Modified: 06/11/2015